Opposition Report: Wolverhampton Wanderers [PL]

Manchester City welcome Nuno Espírito Santo's Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening.
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Manchester City welcome Nuno Espírito Santo's Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening - looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to 15 points. 

In the reverse fixture, the Blues came away from Molineux on the opening day with a 3-1 win. Early goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were backed up by a late Gabriel Jesus strike to kickstart their campaign. 

To give you all you need to know on tomorrow evening's visitors, Rank and Report run us through their season so far...

Opposition Report: Wolverhampton Wanderers

LEAGUE POSITION: 12th
SEASON BREAKDOWN: 9W - 7D - 10L
MANAGER: Nuno Espírito Santo
KEY PLAYER(S): Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves

PREDICTED XI

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Season Summary

For Nuno Espírito Santo’s men, this season hasn't gone as planned. Coming into the season, the resurgent Wolves were a dark horse top four candidate after finishing only three points outside of a European spot last season. However, the Molineux side have been in the bottom half of the table since match-week eleven. The previously hailed defensively solidity seems to have vanished. Last season the team finished with a goal concession tally of 40 after 38 games, this season they have already conceded 33 in just 26 games.

Perhaps one explanation to this downward trajectory is the absence of some key players from Nuno’s squad. Right wing-back Matt Doherty was sold to Spurs in the summer and star striker Raul Jimenez suffered a season, and possible career ending head injury midway through this season. 

And while the club has worked hard to replace those losses, the replacements have yet to live up to the standard. Teenage striking sensation Fabio Silva was brought in for a whopping fee of £37 million, but has yet to hit the ground running - boasting a tally of only two goals in 20 games. 

At wing back, Barcelona man Nelson Semedo was brought in to cover for the departing Doherty, however the Portuguese defender has had an auspicious start to his Premier League career. With all of that being said, this Wolves team do always carry a threat, and Pep Guardiola’s men know that all too well.

(Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

(Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

The Wolves Threat

This City squad are all too familiar with how dangerous Wolves can be. Last season the Midlands club took all six points off of City in the league, including a 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium. 

In those days Adama Traore was the catalyst for the Wolves but the Spain international has had a quieter season this time around. Portuguese youngster Pedro Neto has been the breakout star for Nuno’s squad, with a tally of five goals and four assists in league play. The winger is a crafty dribbler and difficult to handle for even the best Premier League defences. 

Midfielder Ruben Neves has the same goal tally from a deep lying playmaker position. Neves, who City were very interested in signing not too long ago, can pick a pass from any range as well as can be a danger man from outside of the box if the ball lands at his feet.

Wolves will need to find their old defensive stubbornness in order to keep City out of the net, and if they can do that they certainly do have some slippery, crafty players who can cause trouble on the counter attack. 

(Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

(Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

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